Frequently Asked Questions
Everything You Need to Know
What are your qualifications?
I have studied Vocal Performance at Shasta College in Redding, CA and The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL and am currently in the process of completing coursework to be a public school music teacher.
During my time as a student I've had a multitude of opportunities to serve as a student/assistant director, running rehearsals and choosing repertoire.
I recently concluded my fourth year as the director of the South Shasta County Children's Chorus, where I have directed as many as 90 students at one time. I had the honor of making my directorial debut with SSCCC's spring production of "James and the Giant Peach, Jr." I also teach drama, choir and private lessons at Cottonwood Creek Charter School. I was the Music Director for Axiom Repertory Theatre's production "Newsies", and most recently the Music Director for the Cascade Theatre's summer production of "Mamma Mia!" Other past musical direction has included "Tarzan" at the Cascade Theatre, "Freaky Friday" at Anderson High School, and "Aladdin" with Axiom Children's Theatre. And summer of 2019 I was privileged to be co-director of the Axiom Children's Theatre production of "Willy Wonka, Jr". I had the great honor of portraying a lead role in Axiom's production of "Spamalot The Musical" this winter and will be the music director for Axiom Children's Theatre summer 2020 production of "Madagascar, JR".
I was slated to be the music director for the Cascade Theatre's summer production of "The Wedding Singer", directed by John Truitt, which regrettably had to be cancelled due to public health safety measures. I am looking forward to my next project and being able to bring great theatre to the community again soon.
In addition to teaching I have written and arranged music, and have an extensive performance background including choral singing, opera, musical theatre, jazz, as well as piano and percussion.
Outside of my professional experience, I am a mother of two little girls and they've told me I'm pretty cool, so there's that.
What are your rates?
My rates are $25 per half hour lesson, $45 for one hour.
Where do you hold lessons?
I am currently abiding by federal and California isolation orders, so lessons are all performed in a virtual setting via FaceTime, Skype or Zoom.
My studio is located at 1320 Yuba Street, Suite #216. My building is conveniently located near the freeway and has parking on both sides of the structure as well as on the street. My studio is at the edge of the downtown Promenade and is within walking distance of many of downtown's best restaurants and the Cascade Theatre.
What happens during a lesson?
A typical lesson will consist of warm-ups and skill-building exercises, as well as focused repertoire work on whichever songs I have selected for you to work on or what you have brought to me. Songs are chosen based on what I determine will be beneficial to the student, but I do take into account the kind of music you are interested in singing. I pride myself on being able to help you discover your unique voice. I explore music from all genres and believe singers benefit from straying outside of their comfort zone.
Do I need to have prior experience?
Not at all! I welcome students of all skill levels. I understand what it's like to feel intimidated or nervous, but remember: Everyone was a beginner at some point. Whether this is your first time taking lessons or you are a seasoned performer, I strive to provide a supportive and welcoming environment, and I will make sure your experience with me is the best it can be.
Do you offer anything else besides singing lessons?
Yes! In addition to voice, I also teach beginning and intermediate piano lessons as well as audition coaching. I am a vendor for multiple charter and homeschool programs and will soon be offering ensemble singing options.
I am also very fortunate to have a collaborative colleague, Jessica Fletcher Wiechman, Acting Instructor and playwright, who offers acting/monologue coaching, script analysis and writing workshops in my studio. She can be contacted directly about her services at and via her website.